Back to School, Ring the Bell

We are back to school!  At least, The P is back.  His school started a little early.

It’s a different sort of school.  With this schedule, we have a little more time in the mornings to do homework or fill in the gaps for classes that this new school does not have.

For example, we want him to learn Spanish.  He wants to learn art.  So I told him we would learn Spanish and art in the mornings.

Last night, he said he wanted me to teach him about the parts of his body because he was pretty sure his science teacher was not going to talk about that.  And he wanted to start with his brain.

So, we dropped Spanish for a day and combined art with biology.  Luckily, I had an old A&P book in the closet that I never sold back.  It has Apolo Ohno speed skating on the cover.  He was just on TV here recently, so it made me feel not that old.

I read up on brains and brain parts.  A brain has 4 major parts, in case you were wondering.  I reviewed the parts with The P and talked generally about what each part does.  This was our biology lesson.

Then, we talked about drawing people in action and making sure that the whole person was doing the action so that it looks more believable.  This was the art lesson.  We used our cereal box for examples of a really well drawn honey bee.

Next, we combined it.  He drew several pictures of people and animals doing different things.  Then we talked about what parts of their brains were controlling their actions.

Does a first grader really need to know the difference between his cerebral cortex and his cerebellum?  No.  Probably not.  But when he was younger, he asked if boys could be doctors, too.  I told him that it was possible, but you have to study really hard.  So, the studying begins now.  I’ll thank myself when he is flying me to Hawaii with all the money he made as a brain surgeon.

I don’t know if he’ll really fly me to Hawaii.  But I will certainly make up for the money I lost not selling back this Apolo Ohno A&P book.  For sure.


Our Budding Picasso

The P drew this. It’s part of a series about a super hero he made up.

His name is Gwis.

In this picture of Gwis at rest, you can still see his biceps.

He is a good guy. We are not sure why he has a frowny face on his pajamas. The artist himself says it does not mean anything.

The nose is modeled after David Shannon’s autobiographical children’s books. We can relate with young David.

But the bunny slippers and relaxed eyebrows are my favorites.